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Healthy and Natural Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipes – Better than Starbucks
Pumpkin spice latte recipes are a rage during the fall season.
Getting a delicious pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks is the way a lot of people kick off the fall season, and we get it! Its bold pumpkin spice flavor is sweet, warm, comforting, and tastes like fall in a single cup.
While it is ok to treat yourself to Starbucks’ real deal from time to time, it is not a drink you want to order regularly. Yes, it has lots of sugar, fat, and calories. But the main issue with the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte is the ingredients they use in it. These ingredients are far from natural, organic, or healthy. Check out the alarming ingredient list below. It would be best to think about this every time you are regularly craving a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Milk, Pumpkin Spice Sauce [Sugar, Condensed Skim Milk, Pumpkin Puree, Contains 2% Or Less Of Fruit And Vegetable Juice For Color, Natural Flavors, Annatto, Salt, Potassium Sorbate], Brewed Espresso, Whipped Cream [Cream (Cream, Milk, Mono, and Diglycerides, Carrageenan), Vanilla Syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid)], Pumpkin Spice Topping [Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Clove, Sulfiting Agents].
This ingredient list comes directly from the Starbucks website. While the ingredient list may not seem too alarming at first glance, let’s break it down a little bit further and get into the nitty-gritty.
Pumpkin Spice Sauce
The biggest concern with their pumpkin spice sauce is the natural ingredients. Natural ingredients do not mean anything in that flavoring is natural. Natural flavors are considered a food additive by the FDA. They are added to foods and beverages to taste better and cover-up flavors in food and drink that do not taste great.
Natural flavors are synthesized in a lab – so, not natural. The ingenious flavors mimic the taste of whatever the original food is. Like pumpkin spice, it is not made of the actual herbs themselves. Furthermore, the FDA does not require companies to share how they make their natural flavors and what is in them. This means we have NO idea what Starbucks shoves in that pumpkin spice sauce.
You will find natural flavors in the whipped cream as well.
Potassium sorbate is a chemical additive used in food, and it acts as a preservative. Studies suggest that this additive can be toxic to DNA and negatively affects your immune health. This additive is present in pumpkin sauce and vanilla syrup.
Carrageenan is used on foods and drinks to help thicken up the consistency of the product. The FDA approved its use on foods and beverages. However, there are still significant concerns related to its safety. Many conventional and natural brands alike are eliminating it from their products.
Many scientists agree that Carrageenan can cause:
inflammation in the body
irritable bowel syndrome
and in the worst-case scenario, even colon cancer.
Starbucks’ whipped cream has Carrageenan.
Healthier Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe Alternatives
Ok, so we can see that indulging in a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte is not something we should be doing every week in the fall season. However, it does not mean you have to give up all of your pumpkin spice latte dreams!
You can make an excellent and delicious latte at home that will taste even better than the latte you get at Starbucks. Try out any of the recipes below, or all of them, and let us know which one you like the best.